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“When you look at the amount of women in museum collections and represented in art fairs and things like that, it’s so minute. It’s like women are being written out of culture and history. But I think, how do we put women back in? How do you remind people we were there the whole time?” 

Sarah Maple

This episode:

The Stuart Semple Show comes with one clear message, ‘art is for everyone.’ In every episode, Stuart talks to different artists to gain an insight into their humble beginnings, controversial moments, and future projects in this hour-long art podcast.

In episode 1, Culture Hustle creator Stuart speaks to visual artist Sarah Maple. The pair delve into the political and social side of making artwork under the watchful eye of the public, the cultural cornerstones that inspire them, and the intersection of comedy and art. 

This chilled-out podcast strays from the script. Stuart’s guests are friends and colleagues, which makes for an intimate hour of fun and thought-provoking ideas. This series includes conversations about design, painting, sculpture, activism, and art exhibitions.

This episode covers:

  • Sarah Maple’s 6 part series
  • Feminist beginnings
  • Artistic inspiration
  • Switching the political and social dial
  • Staying humble

Links & references 

Sarah Maple Website:

https://www.sarahmaple.com/

Sarah Maple Instagram:

http://instagram.com/sarahmapleart/

Sarah Maple Twitter:

https://twitter.com/MsMapes

Sarah Maple Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/SarahMapleArt/

Stuart Semple Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/stuartsemple/

Stuart Semple Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/MrStuartSemple/

Stuart Semple Website: 

https://stuartsemple.com/

Culture Hustle: 

https://culturehustle.com/

 

Episode highlights 

 

“My goal with this podcast is to help inspire and encourage you to use your creative voice to make a positive mark on the world around you. I believe your creativity matters and that art is for everyone.” – Stuart Semple – 0:17

“I’ve always been inspired by comedy. British comedy shows in particular. I just think when you’re laughing, it’s hitting you. It’s touching something in you in a different way. In my work, I think people initially feel taken aback and laugh. And then it leaves something with them.” – Sarah Maple – 7:11

“What is your take on the ownership of work? I had a dealer write to me the other day. The person they sold my work to had broken it. It had a big smash in the corner of it. He was like, can you make another one of those please?” – Stuart Semple – 30:40

“The idea of the work is to say, “what is a feminist?” Because when I made that work it was about 12 years ago. I think we all take it for granted now that people talk about feminism in pop culture, Now it’s the thing that’s cool to talk about and be involved in. But then no one was talking about that, If you mentioned it people would say, what is a feminist?” – Sarah Maple – 8:49

“I think if you’re going to make something, it should be useful. I call those things social works.” – Stuart Semple – 40:09

“When you look at the amount of women in museum collections and represented in art fairs and things like that, it’s so minute. It’s like women are being written out of culture and history. But I think, how do we put women back in? How do you remind people we were there the whole time?” – Sarah Maple – 10:00

“It is interesting to see that your role is to shift the dial politically and socially, or raise awareness about specific things and use your voice for that. And you’ve found a way to do that. I think that it is a beautiful thing. More people should be doing that.” – Stuart Semple – 40:49

“I have always loved video art. So this is a combination of my two loves, comedy and art. It’s a video work in the style of a sitcom. It is kind of based on my life experiences as an artist. And it’s set up about 10 years ago when I used to work in a sex shop. There are six 10 minute episodes and every episode is based on a different art theme.” – Sarah Maple – 27:24 

“I had my mum telling me it wasn’t good enough. One of the things she said to me is that it is her job to keep my feet on the ground. ” – Stuart Semple – 57:50

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